Woodland

Our woodland research aims to understand the impact of management techniques and new woodland planting on bird populations.
Pedunculate Oak Quercus robur, in woodland at Lodge Hill site of special scientific interest, Medway, Ken

Overview

The interaction between woodland management and other pressures on woodland, such as deer browsing and tree diseases, can affect woodland bird communities.

We are investigating the roles of deer browsing and woodland management in determining forest structure and the implications this has for woodland birds. We are also using historical information on woodland management to understand current ecology.

Our research identifies both negative and positive effects of new woodland planting on upland birds. Conifers planted on peatlands can displace breeding wading birds and reduce the quality of habitat adjacent to plantations, whereas new native woodlands planted on upland margins can provide habitat for black grouse.

Find out more about our research projects which investigate the causes of declines for wood warblers, willow tits, hawfinches, tree pipits and lesser redpolls in the UK species section.

Who's involved

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Dr Ron Summers

Principal Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science

ron.summers@rspb.org.uk
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Paul Bellamy

Senior Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science

paul.bellamy@rspb.org.uk
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Dr Mark Hancock

Senior Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science

mark.hancock@rspb.org.uk

Related publications

Habitat associations of wood warblers Phylloscopus sibilatrix breeding in Welsh oakwoods

Capsule Territory locations, density and the change in numbers over 20 years were associated with characteristics of the canopy, understorey structure and field-layer vegetation cover. Aims To identify...

Date
02 October 2012
RSPB Authors
Dr John Mallord, Chris Orsman
Authors
Mallord, J.W., Charman, E.C., Cristinacce, A. & Orsman, C.J.
Published in
Bird Study
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The influence of information provision on people's landscape preferences: A case study on understorey vegetation of deer-browsed woodlands

We investigated whether people's landscape preferences could be readily influenced by information provision within the context of woodland management. Specifically, we determined: (i) people's prefere...

Date
17 February 2014
Authors
van der Wal, R., Miller, D., Irvine, J., Fiorini, S., Amar, A., Yearley, S., Gill, R. & Dandy, N.
Published in
Landscape and Urban Planning
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UK Woodland

The potential ecological impact of ash dieback in the UK

Ash is a common woodland, hedgerow, park and garden tree throughout the UK. The arrival of the disease ash dieback within the UK may result in the death of a large proportion of British ash trees. If ash dieback does lead to widespread death ...

Date
01 January 2014
RSPB Authors
Paul Bellamy
Authors
Mitchell, R. J., Bailey, S., Beaton, J. K., Bellamy, P. E., Brooker, R. W., Broome, A., Chetcuti, J., Eaton, S., Ellis, C. J., Farren, J., Gimona, A., Goldberg, E., Hall, J., Harmer, R., Hester, A. J., Hewison, R. L., Hodgetts, N. G., Hooper, R. J., Howe, L., Iason, G. R., Kerr, G., Littlewood, N. A., Morgan, V., Newey, S., Potts, J. M., Pozsgai, G., Ray, D., Sim, D. A., Stockan, J. A., Taylor, A. F. S., Woodward, S.
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